Meet the Mets
Kyle Kendrick shut down the Mets' offense and Dillon Gee pitched well until things imploded in the 6th inning, as the Mets fell to the Phillies 4-0 yesterday. Also, home plate umpire Brian O'Nora left the game after getting sick, presumably from swallowing his chew. Yes, that's considered a highlight. At least this game was mostly quick and painless.
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Shaun Marcum makes his Mets debut today and he'll face off against Jonathan Pettibone, making his second big league start. Game time is at 1:05 PM on Fox. In order to make room for Marcum on the roster, the Mets demoted lefty Josh Edgin down to Double-A Binghamton.
Mike Newman of Fangraphs has video and info on Dominican righties Gabriel Ynoa and Rainy Lara, both of whom are with Savannah right now.
Ben Berkon looks at what a Matt Harvey extension could look like.
Zack Wheeler is still struggling with command issues in AAA Las Vegas. He'll figure it out eventually. An NL executive says he wouldn't give up even one of Wheeler or Travis d'Arnaud in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton. Okay, that's kind of crazy.
Yesterday At AA
I previewed this weekend's series with help from The Good Phight.
Brock Mahan looks back at April 26th in Mets history.
Greg Karam has yesterday's Daily Farm System report.
Around the NL East
Jordan Zimmermann tossed a complete game, as the Nationals defeated the Reds 1-0. As a result, new Nationals sideline reporter (and former SNY personality) Julie Alexandria got hit with Gatorade for the second day in a row.
Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs, as the Cubs defeated the Marlins 4-2. Jeffrey Loria apparently meddled with the team's pitching rotation.
The Tigers got 17 strikeouts from Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers defeated the Braves 10-0. At least Brian McCann is on his way back.
Around the Majors
More bad news for the Yankees, who lost Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova in yesterday's game. Cervelli broke his hand and it looks like he'll miss six weeks. Nova had pain in his elbow. Yikes.
Mariners' GM Jack Zduriencik may not have much time left. But #6org!
Beyond the Box Score has a PitchFX profile of Marlins' righty Jose Fernandez.
Biogenesis used forged prescription forms to get PEDs for its clients.
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks into the protection theory by focusing on Zone% by batting order position.
Scientists have created a baseball playing robot. Just as long as it doesn't gain the ability to develop emotions, I think we're okay.